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02/20/2009

Hey Pete: First apologize for your own Nazi comparisons, brother!

by Jeremy Hooper

Peter-LaBarberaPeter LaBarbera is calling on the Republican Party of Georgia to issue an apology for and take action against Georgia Log Cabin Republicans president Jamie Ensley for comparing Pete's anti-gay activism to Nazi party behavior:

Call for 'gay' GOP official to be disciplined [ONN]

So since he's trying so desperately to push this issue, we will continue to push this, a verifiable instance of Pete comparing gay activism to Hitler's forces:

"The Bible indicates that there are dark days ahead as the world as we know it comes to a close. But it also tells us not to try to predict when Jesus is coming back. Some Christians opt to abandon the “Culture Wars” because they presume that these are the end times (in the immediate future). But imagine how the Christians must have felt in Germany when Hitler was taking over and when the Nazis began their awful genocide against the Jews and other peoples! It was wrong then for Christians to become disengaged from politics and culture – and it had devastating consequences -- and it is wrong today."
-Peter LaBarbera, speaking to Brazilian Christian magazine Enfoque Gospel, 4/08

And in addition to this, there is Randy Thomasson, a man who Pete refers to as "my friend," even though Randy once compared county clerks who have to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples to the Nazis who were once forced to "gas the Jews." And then there is Brad Dacus, a "pro-fam" person whose work Pete has routinely cited, who too has directly drawn a direct comparison between acceptance of gay marriage and Nazi occupation of Germany.

If Peter wants to hold up a certain standard, then it should apply to him as well. But then again, this is "pro-family" politicking. Self-accountability is not a strong suit.

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Your thoughts

LaBarbera only has credibility with groups like CWA and AFA. These Christians claim to be "silenced" and have their free speech rights violated, but then turn around and ask the GOP to not recognize or have discussions with the LCR. So much for free speech and open dialogue.

Posted by: Craig | Feb 20, 2009 11:42:23 AM

"top GOP official in Georgia"

Surely even The Peter knows that being a leader in Log Cabin does not make one a "top GOP official", especially in Georgia.

It's just a lie. But, then again, The Peter isn't opposed to a little lying when it suits his needs.

Posted by: Timothy | Feb 20, 2009 11:50:46 AM

"LaBarbera only has credibility with groups like CWA and AFA."

That's true, to a point. But Pete does still get bookings on more mainstream conservative outlets. And what happens is that all of this rhetoric gets put in the "culture war" pot and repurposed at the gospel. So in the future, someone like Bill O'Reilly might be in a debate about Nazi comparisons, and he might make an allusion to this incident. And people might hear it and say, "oh yea, I remember hearing something about that," without challenging it or considering the hypocrisy behind it.

So that's why I see it important to challenge every last bit of this. The far-right's noise machine never stops churning. We need to be just as diligent in countering it.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Feb 20, 2009 11:54:28 AM

Oh, I wasn't trying to minimize brining this to light. I really think Peter is seen as being on the extreme right fringe, but I see what you mean about this being turned into Christians being attacked by the mean gays.

I think the problem with more "mainstream" outlets like Hannity and O'Reilly is that they will always show the conservative Christians as the ones being attacked (e.g repeated showing of the woman with the cross in Palm Springs). But, at least the enlightened people reading this site will have the knowledge to respond. Keep up the good posts!

Posted by: Craig | Feb 20, 2009 12:27:45 PM

"I wasn't trying to minimize bringing this to light."

No, no -- didn't think you were. Just adding my thoughts.

You're right on the money.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Feb 20, 2009 12:30:17 PM

Christians did not "become disengaged" when the nazis took over germany,they were part of it. The nazis used the same "family values" crap the "religious right" uses in america today.

Posted by: Jon | Feb 20, 2009 1:51:58 PM

And don't forget, Pete's "ex-gay" buddies over at Exodus International CONTINUES to link to Scott Lively's holocaust revisionist book, which blames gay people for the WWII holocaust:

http://exodus.to/content/view/173/56/

Posted by: Scott | Feb 20, 2009 3:24:03 PM

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